2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 24 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date August 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
.533 mi (.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (429 km)
Average speed 89.538 miles per hour (144.097 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 15.015
Most laps led
Driver Ryan Blaney Team Penske
Laps 121
Winner
No. 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.4 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (Backstretch)

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on August 18, 2018 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps on the .533-mile (0.858 km) short track, it was the 24th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Bristol Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.

Entry list[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 J. J. Yeley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Reed Sorenson Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jesse Little (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

Practice[edit]

First practice[edit]

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 15.151 seconds and a speed of 126.645 mph (203.815 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.151 126.645
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.191 126.312
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.193 126.295
Official first practice results

Final practice[edit]

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 15.141 seconds and a speed of 126.729 mph (203.951 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.141 126.729
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 15.191 126.312
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.194 126.287
Official final practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Kyle Larson scored the pole for the race with a time of 15.015 and a speed of 127.792 mph (205.661 km/h).[13]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.997 15.034 15.015
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.097 15.135 15.030
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.259 15.112 15.033
4 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 15.281 15.094 15.037
5 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.252 15.225 15.043
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.261 15.146 15.104
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.233 15.131 15.121
8 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.239 15.226 15.123
9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.241 15.138 15.125
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 15.114 15.154 15.137
11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 15.290 15.125 15.198
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.126 15.237 15.230
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.138 15.238
14 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.170 15.246
15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.278 15.266
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.272 15.268
17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 15.279 15.271
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.308 15.278
19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 15.264 15.294
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.205 15.301
21 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.130 15.306
22 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.262 15.336
23 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.238 15.342
24 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.294 15.431
25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 15.363
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 15.426
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 15.435
28 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 15.448
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 15.466
30 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 15.482
31 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.514
32 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 15.567
33 96 Jesse Little (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 15.688
34 7 J. J. Yeley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 15.754
35 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 15.758
36 51 Reed Sorenson Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 15.822
37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 15.882
38 99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet 15.899
39 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 15.936
40 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 16.101
Did not qualify
41 52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 15.909
Official qualifying results

Race[edit]

Stage Results[edit]

Stage 1 Laps: 125

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 125

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 6
6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage Results[edit]

Stage 3 Laps: 250

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 46
2 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 48
3 2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 50
4 19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 45
5 14 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 39
6 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 44
7 10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 500 46
8 22 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 30
9 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 32
10 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 36
11 23 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 26
12 24 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 25
13 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 24
14 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 23
15 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 500 22
16 11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 499 21
17 15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 499 20
18 21 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 499 19
19 28 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 499 18
20 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 497 17
21 32 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 496 16
22 29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 496 15
23 5 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 496 14
24 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 495 13
25 39 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 493 12
26 35 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 492 0
27 40 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 485 10
28 37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 481 0
29 20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 435 8
30 17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 431 7
31 8 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 428 19
32 34 7 J. J. Yeley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 423 0
33 36 51 Reed Sorenson Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 338 4
34 30 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 234 3
35 33 96 Jesse Little (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 59 0
36 4 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28 1
37 31 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 10 1
38 27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 3 1
39 25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1 1
40 38 99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet 1 1
Official race results

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 9 for 70
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 58 minutes and 35 seconds
  • Average speed: 89.538 miles per hour (144.097 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2008 Bristol winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and 2004 Bristol winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio[edit]

The Performance Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Backstretch: Rob Albright Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bristol Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 18, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 20, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 23, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 20, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 23, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bristol TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (August 17, 2018). "Chase Elliott leads opening Cup practice from Bristol". Motorsport.com. Bristol, Tennessee: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (August 17, 2018). "Spring winner Kyle Busch fastest in final Cup practice at Bristol". Motorsport.com. Bristol, Tennessee: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kyle Larson takes NASCAR Cup pole at Bristol". Associated Press. Bristol, Tennessee: AP Sports. Associated Press. August 17, 2018. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.


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